Isser Woloch

Moore Collegiate Professor Emeritus of History

Columbia University

Isser Woloch, Moore Collegiate Professor Emeritus of History, specializes in the social and political history of 18th and 19th century France. He received his A.B. from Columbia in 1959 and his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1965. He has also taught at Indiana University and UCLA, where he received a distinguished teaching citation. His field is modern European history, with a special interest in the French Revolution and Napoleonic era.  He has been a fellow of the ACLS, the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEH, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and the center for the History of Freedom at Washington University (St. Louis).

Among Prof. Woloch's books are Jacobin Legacy: The Democratic Movement Under the Directory (1970); The French Veteran from the Revolution to the Restoration (1979); Eighteenth-Century Europe: Tradition and Progress (1984); The New Regime: Transformation of the French Civic Order, 1789-1820s (1994), which won the American Historical Association's Leo Gershoy Award for the best book in early-modern European history; and Napoleon and His Collaborators: The Making of a Dictatorship (2001). He was the principal American advisor to Dave Grubin's PBS documentary, Napoleon. He is currently working on a book project entitled The Postwar Moment: The Allied Democracies in the Aftermath of World War II. Using parallel narratives, this book examines "the postwar moment" in Britain, France, and the United States, when a progressive impetus for national transformation clashed with the inertial forces of "normalcy."